05/24/15 12:38pm

As we told you last month, this summer, visitors to Alexandria, Virginia, can explore an exact replica of the ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington with news of full French aid in 1780, helping turn the tide of the American Revolution.

French tall ship Hermione is currently sailing 3,819 miles across the Atlantic from France to the U.S. to commemorate Lafayette’s historic voyage before docking in Alexandria, the ship’s Washington, D.C. port of call and one of 12 iconic stops on its tour.

CBS News’ Mark Phillips is on board the L’Hermione (a.k.a ‘Freedom’s Frigate’) and filed this report (video) on this morning’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning.

To see more of our posts on the Tall Ship L’Hermione, visit this link.

05/24/15 10:28am

Memorial Day Weekend at Ivy Hill Cemetery

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Here is our favorite new photo from the Red Brick Town Flickr Pool, depicting the best of Alexandria, Virginia.

Check out this photo of Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia decorated for Memorial Day weekend. What do you think? I think it looks pretty cool. Happy Memorial Day everyone!

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(Flickr Pool photo by Joanna, on Flickr)

05/24/15 10:07am
Alexandria, Virginia Marina

Credit R Kennedy for Visit Alexandria

Live Music, Fireworks and Historic Events

Against the backdrop of a vibrant waterfront and historic streets, summer in Alexandria sizzles with live music, fireworks, food festivals and historic events. Kicking off the season, French tall ship Hermione docks in Old Town after sailing from France to the U.S. in a recreation of the Marquis de Lafayette’s historic 1780 voyage. The first-ever Alexandria Live Music Week draws music fans with 10 days of live performances at more than 30 restaurants and venues. Foodies flock to food and beverage festivals, sports fans board the baseball boat to Nationals Park and brew tours lead beer-lovers from historic sites to “hops stops.” From patriotic fireworks displays to boat cruises on the Potomac River, the port city is the perfect setting for an all-American getaway just minutes from Washington, D.C.

Find summer events and more at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/summer

Book the Alexandria Extras Weekend Hotel Package from June 19 to September 7, 2015, for free hotel parking, free Wi Fi and free Key to the City museum pass: www.VisitalAxandriaVA.com/extras

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05/24/15 9:17am

Union Street Public House - Alexandria, VA

Union Street Public House, an Old Town Alexandria landmark for over 25 years, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ricardo Planas as its Executive Chef. An award-winning chef, his culinary achievements will bring a new dimension to the Old Town restaurant. Originally from the DC area, Chef Ricardo Planas brings over 20 years of experience to Union Street.

Formally trained at the French Culinary Institute, Planas has worked at some of the finest restaurants and pubs in New York City, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, including Tavern on the Green, Red Sage, Jean-Louis Restaurant at the Watergate Hotel and Café du Parc at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Chef Ricardo has been able to make a strong impact on each of the restaurants he’s served through his vast knowledge of the world’s cuisine and his passion for incorporating fresh herbs to elevate the foods’ flavors.

“Chef Ricardo is a culinary tour-de-force and we are happy to have him as our executive chef. He brings deep culinary experience, extensive wine knowledge, creative ideas, and tremendous talent to our restaurant,” says Peter Durkin, Director of Operations of Union Street Public House. “We look forward to watching Ricardo make his mark here at Union Street.”

Union Street is located at 121 South Union Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The restaurant features regional American cuisines and an extensive beer and wine list. Hours and menu are available at this link.

05/24/15 9:08am

An extraordinary home for sale in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 513 Princess Street
This extraordinary 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath townhouse is for sale and located at 513 Princess Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Open house TODAY!

Via the listing

Gorgeous w/ FAB. NEW kit., renov. baths, new HVAC, roof, water heater (oversize), lighting, fixtures & banisters. Murano glass chandeliers in foyer & DR. LR w/ fpl flanked by French drs. to patio. Upper lvl w/ 2 bdrm ste including luxurious Mstr BA,Mn lvl 1/2 bath & LL fam rm w/custom. cabs & 3rd bedrm w/ BA Wd flrs on 2 lvls, freshly painted inside and out!, 2 assigned parking spaces, 1 Yr Warr.

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